Svetla Baloutzova joined CAS Sofia in September 2007. She holds two MA degrees in English Philology and German (Sofia University ‘St Kliment Ohridski’) and in History (Central European University, Budapest). In 2005, she received her doctoral degree in History from the University of Cambridge, UK. Her research work centred on Legislation and State Policy towards the Family and Children in Bulgaria, 1918-1944. Svetla’s academic interests are in the field of social history, population studies and the history of the European welfare state. She has participated in a number of international conferences and has published in Bulgarian and international academic journals and collections.